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Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
quote necessities, there are some americans' communications that are swept up in that as well. you've heard obama say both
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, president obama holds a nearly hour-long press conference and makes some big news on the country's surveillance programs. also, tonight, the president defends obama care and slams republicans for hating on it but not having much of a plan of their own. and one of the most powerful women in the world is opening up about her very recent and surprising run-in with racism. i will tell you oprah winfrey's incredible story. melissa harris perry will put it into context. all that is ahead. >>> tonight we begin with president obama's news conference in which we took on obama care and the threat by some republicans to try to shut down the government over it when they have no alternative plan. we'll get to that soon. but one area where president obama was really engaged today was the issue of surveillance and the national debate that has arisen, particularly since edward snowden leaked classified information. the president today describing four steps he would take to make the nsa both more transparent and more accountability including working with congress to tighten the patriot act, making
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
quote are swept up in that as well. you've heard obama say both today and previously, well, we don't listen to americans' communications. we're not listening to your phone calls, not reading your e-mails. some of that data is inside this so-called 702 series of databases and this loophole that we disclosed today that we sort of gave the evidence that senator wyden's been sort of nodding about and sort of indicating about shows that under certain conditions starting in 2011 the nsa was given the authority to search for u.s. person identifiers,
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. >> talking about hope and changing >> than to repeal every single word of obama care. >> a lot of republicans seem to believe if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me. they'd just be sticking it to you. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. >> shutdowns are not a good move at all. >> go back to the original greek. politics had two parts. >> is he willgible to be president of the united states? >> he was in canada maybe not. >> he was definitely born in canada. >> you have to ask him that question. >> antics meaninging blood sucking insects. >> ♪ >> and we open with a look at the hottest ticket in consecutive circles this month, the defund obama care summer tour. in a few hours, ted cruz whose canadian citizenship well get to in a minute will take the stage in dallas to explain why now is the time for a government shutdown if democrats won't help repeal president obama's signature health care law. >> obama care is at its most vulnerable it's ever been right now. there's bipartisan agreement it's not working.
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 2:00am PDT
reasonably and said we cannot hold the country hostage, we cannot hold the budget hostage on defunding obama care, it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is a worse idea. house leadership is engaged in political wink wink theater where they effectively have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink? we saw john boehner fail there. his grasp seems to be loosening. . you would think that something would bring them back from the precipice, but i think the country, we get less and less convinced by the day that anybody's in charge here and that anybody has their hands on the captain's wheel. >> support for government shutdown is evaporating over the weekend. tea party, rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said and we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. we should use the leverage o
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 1:00pm PDT
obama scare. which sounds just delusional. then though, he was very wise. he made -- used his inside voice and sounded very reasonable when he talked about how they could shift the blame to obama. let's take a listen. >> it goes forward. president obama, harry reid, will scream and holler that mean nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the government. and at that point, republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time. we have to win the argument. they stand up and say, we voted to keep the government open. why is president obama threatening to shut the government down. force it down the throat mster can people. >> you notice he started with a much lowerer tone. like he is trying to sound reasonable. >> when you are suggesting something as dramatic as shutting down the government, i suspect the democrats in congress are fine with him trying to win that argument. last time the republicans shut down the government, that didn't go quite so well for them. >> that's not quite true. let's check the record on that. 95 shut downs, actually two of them, michelle -- >>
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 11:00am PDT
breaking news on the crisis in syria. president obama is expected to speak in a few minutes on syria. we will bring you his comments when those happen. meanwhile, within the past hour, secretary of state john kerry laid out the evidence the white house believes proves the assad regime was, in fact, behind the chemical attack that killed over 1,000 people, including 426 children. >> we know the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. we know that these were specific instructions. we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. we know where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. >> kerry's statement came after a national security council meeting led by president obama at the white house a short time ago. the white house released the intelligence report on last week's chemical weapons attack using the report the white house hopes to make the case for military interventi
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 4:00pm PDT
watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >>> defending obama care. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm michael smerconish in for chris matthews. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 2:00pm PDT
washington with an ultimatum. if the worried leaders do as they're told and kill obama care, even if it means killing the government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of gop congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to -- and meadows here, to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> yes or no? >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the government. >> do you think harry reid is going to pass that? >> it doesn't matter. >> we need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> i'm joined by democratic strategist steve mcmahon, and republican strategist john. looks like your republican is the loudest voice of the repub
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 3:00pm PDT
. president obama has ordered 19 embassies and consulates to be closed due to a potential threat. and stepped up drone attacks on terrorists overseas. today he spoke to marines in california about the threat we still face. >> because of you, osama bin laden is no more. because of you "caught on camera's" top ranks have been hammered. even though the decimated the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. we've got to take these threats seriously and do all we can to confront them. >> as we speak american diplomats and members of the military are serving in harm's way overseas. it's time for us all to unite. but some republican politicians think it's time to take pot shots at the president. >> it causes our allies to be concerned. >> these al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we're weaker. >> you don't have to close your embassies like cowards to go running away. >> a bunch of cowards? that's beyond offensive. and some right
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 9:00am PDT
nothing to surveillance stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2013 11:00am PDT
obama to come out and announce that they had decided to move forward unilaterally move forward without congressional approval, and that's not what he said. he said he has decided that military action is the right next step but that he is going to put the matter to a vote in congress, and of course we know in the past several days, more and more members of congress have been saying that they want a vote, and they think they deserve a vote before president obama actually launches any type of military strike, so it appears as though those voices have won in this case, so this will be put to a congressional vote. a couple things that stood out to me, craig. president obama saying that the chairman of the joint chiefs told him he is ready to move forward with military action, and that it's not necessarily time sensitive, that if this occurs in a month they would still be able to weaken assad's military capabilities. so that is one of the things that stood out. another thing, you didn't hear president obama say he was going to call congress back right now, and he said we will begin to debate
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2013 2:00am PDT
needing to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the night shift, people just doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that vogue magazine spread won't be anguished by this sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no. the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying, little family people whose husbands do the cut work. war sucks, even in neat little bite-sized act of war like the one that might come any day now. and yet, and yet, how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and it goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against t
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 3:00pm PDT
being confronted at town hall meetings over obama care and a government shutdown threat. >> i think even if you do not believe in your heart number one it will pass, or number two it's appropriate, you need to represent us. and we're tired of having to come down on this again and again. >> let me talk to you a little bit about the consequences of what a complete government shutdown is. number one, that means your troops in the field don't get paid. military is not -- i'm sorry, yes. well, of course i wouldn't do that. but that would happen. that -- well, now i listened to your question, and i'll let you have the microphone again if you want to. >> republican tom cole getting booed for saying that it's more important to pay the troops than hold a government hostage to right-wing demands. and he is not the only one. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care, yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. do you think harry reid is going to pass anything in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. well need t
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT
line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the night shift, people just doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that vogue magazine spread won't be anguished by this sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no. the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying, little family people whose husbands do the cut work. war sucks, even in neat little bite-sized act of war like the one that might come any day now. and yet, and yet, how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and it goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that other country decid
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2013 2:00am PDT
>>> defending obama care. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm michael smerconish in for chris matthews. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea party leaders like ted cruz, rand paul and mike lee who are championing
MSNBC
Aug 1, 2013 1:00pm PDT
>> 40 meaningless votes that repeal obama care. >> president obama is in denial. >> we've had lots of votes about obama care, none of which had any chance of passing. >> we're not going to give him -- >> we don't have the votes in the senate or in the house. >> we need people with vote -- with tattoos, people without tattoos. >> why is president obama threatening to shut down the government in order to force obama care down the american people's throats. >> i'm not the least bit concerned about what some might describe as perception. >> the house is clearly where things go to die. >> i'm sure the august resist will have our members in in a better mood when they come back. ♪ we're on a mission ♪ come on and ride on the fantastic ride ♪ >>> may i entreat your grace to pardon me and hear a tale in which the course of obama care repeal did nar run smooth. senator ted cruz and some of his fellow tea partiers are starting to choke down the idea that they face long odds trying to defund the affordable care act through a budget measure this fall. senator justice joined a tea party ra
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 2:30am PDT
house is cancelling president obama's planned talks with his russian counterpart. president obama and putin were expected to sit down and discuss among other things serious on going civil war. the kremlin said it is disappointed by the cancellation. the decision was reportedly unanimous by the president's national security team. the political standoff between the two nations rekindles a debate you might recall between mitt romney and president obama during the 2012 campaign. >> this is to russia. this is without question our number one geopolitical poe. they fight every cause for the world's worst actors, the idea he has month more flexibility in mind for russia is very troubling indeed. >> governor romney, i'm glad that you recognize that al qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing america, you said russia. not al qaeda. you said russia. and in the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. you know, the cold war has been over for 20 years. >> considered one of the lines that won the election for pre
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2013 3:00pm PDT
of congress just asked this disgraced rodeo clown in an obama mask to perform in his state. it speaks volumes of where this party really is. >>> and what's on your mind? you have a comment? e-mail me. friend or foe i want to know. reply al is coming. . >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. today everyone on our site was talking about the conservative reaction to this rodeo clown in a president obama mask. phil says the ones who are defending this are the real clowns. good point, phil. melanie says not surprised about this. our president has been disrespected, challenged, and dismissed by congress. melanie, you're right. just moments ago, we learned a sitting member of congress has invited this clown to perform in his home state. more on what it means for the party coming up. but first, we want to know what you think of this clown. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show ends. re more about the land than probably anyone else. we've had thi
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
of their own medicine. president obama hit the road today with a message aimed at republicans he es had enough. >> we've seen a faction of republicans in congress that suggest that maybe america shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they could shut down obama care. you know, that won't grow our economy, that won't cede jobs, that won't help our middle class. >>> he's right, we could afford it. what doesn't the gop understand? the law was passed, signed into law, upset by the supreme court, reaffirmed by the election. bron chanting. >> gentlemen, thank you for sharing your views. why would you oppose december it's going to. >>> the people have made it clear they're sick of the gop games and the president's going to make sure that republicans get that mijts. joinings me now, thank you for coming on do republicans think they can stop the law? ibilities i think this is definitely just a big show for their base, and particularly in this conversation about shutting down the government over defunding obamacare, you even have members o
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 10:00pm PDT
the obama care act. >> they should be willing to defund it. >> i oppose obama care. >> you can't really de-fund obama care. >> in de-funding obama care. >> please, stop obama care. >> cruz has found kind of a niche. >> attack on john boehner from the far right. >> john boehner is in a pretty tough spot. >> sympathy for john boehner. >> or else they will start to call it john boehner care. >> fire, egypt, immigration, the debt. >> there must be a response. >> our borders are now better staffed and better protected. >> the fire is now 20% contained. >> it is not easy being the president. >> john boehner and the house republican leadership have been clearly sending the message that they are not willing to shut down the government at the end of september in order to force the president to agree to de-fund obama care. the message is simple and clear. that will not work. we can't force the president to go along with de-funding obama care. that message? simple enough has enraged some of their tea party friends and right wing radio talk show hosts. >> the republican leadership, that woul
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 2:00am PDT
. >>> good wednesday morning. right now on "first look," president obama's first comments on the seriousness of the current terror threat. >> it's significant enough that we're taking every precaution. >> the president also talks about lunch with hillary, russia's putin and a classic romance comedy. bush 43's emergency heart surgery and how he hopes to resume a normal schedule as early as tomorrow. >>> plus, these cute seals are attracting fierce creatures off cape cod. a big rig crash caught on tape and look at this sight, a massive fire in east africa's busiest airport in kenya. good morning. for the first time president obama is publicly speaking about the on going global terror threat. during a stop at the tonight show with jay leno, mr. obama called the safety concerns significant and this morning many u.s. embassies and kons lats remain closed as we learn more about the threat. tracie potts is live now in washington with the latest. tracy, good morning. >> good morning. there is height ened concern about that threat because today is the 15th anniversary of our dead will he bombings in
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 2:00am PDT
. president obama canceled next month's planned meeting with vladimir putin. while it's not a complete return to the cold war, there is a chill in the air between the u.s. and russia. tracie potts joins us live now from washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, they're filling that chill here on capitol hill. interestingly though, republicans and democrats are supporting the president but republican house speaker john boehner, he says this is proof that relationship between the u.s. and rush why has collapsed. >> and first impression they got -- >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry and chuck hagel are set to meet their russian counterparts in russia tomorrow even though preb canceled his moscow summit with russian president vladimir putin. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues where a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> reporter: there are disagreements over arms control and human rights. but the last straw was russia giving whistle-blower richard snowden asylum for a year. presiden
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 2:00am PDT
traffickers. >>> there's been new criticism of president obama in his handles of russian president vladimir putin. some republicans say it's not enough. danielle lee joins us live from washington with details. >> reporter: the overwhelming message out of washington, is that president obama needs to be careful as he tries to strike a balance, restoring the public trust and protecting national security. while vacationing on martha's vineyard, president obama couldn't escape a moment of frustration on the golf course. back in washington, more troubles await the commander in chief. lawmakers are criticizing the president's plan. >> he has failed to explain the programs which are lawful, which have saved lives. >> we need to do better in educating our public. >> reporter: the former director of the nsa, said that added oversight could -- >> you need to be careful how many processes you put in there. >> reporter: the leaks seem to have pushed u.s./russia relations to a post cold war low. president obama has canceled a meeting with russian president vladimir putin, originally scheduled fo
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2013 3:00am PDT
around, yes, of course, the repeal of obama care. and last night at a heritage foundation defund obama care event in texas, senator ted cruz tried to rally conservatives. >> what happens next is president obama and harry reid are going to scream and yell those mean, nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government. what has to happen after that is we've got to do something that conservatives haven't done in a long time. we've got to stand up and win the argument. why is it that every reporter in the media and a significant percentage of republicans assume with an impasse that president obama will never, ever, ever give up his principals so republicans have to give up theirs. if you have an impasse, you want to know one side or the other has to blink. how do we win this fight? don't blink! >> by the way, cruz was heckled at that event by people saying they wanted health care as well, but there were more supporters, as he said, than there were hecklers. earlier, though, former u.s. senator jim demint and president of the heritage foundation said any congressional rep
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
get to work. >> one of the missions i had when i came to msnbc was that president obama had just been elected. i wanted to do health care. >> here in america, in the wealthiest nation on earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin. >> you need to pay attention to what's happening in your backyard. >> defund obama care. >> defund obama care sue repeal obama care. ♪ ♪ i want it now, i want it all >> i wanted to do health care because i knew it could change the country and i knew it could help people. >> we see this coming. just like the tie tannic. >> on the ship we're going to die. >> are you saying that society should let him die? >> no. >> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. all right? there are 47% who are with him who are -- who believe that they are victims. >> that's who the republicans are. we shouldn't be talking about infrastructure investment, investment in education, investment in workers and going round two on health care. >> i want to repeal the law of the land. is that clear. >> we will not back
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2013 11:00pm PDT
to three dozen states that the best way to keep future obamas out of the white house is to keep african-americans and young people who don't think that much about race out of the voting booth. a couple more things. got to kill any evidence we ever had an african-american president. got to get that obama care off the books. ted cruz will shut down the u.s. government to get that job done. finally, why not? let's impeach the guy. let's run him out of town on a rail. let's tar and feather him. let's really mess up that record by putting the word into the history books, there was talk of impeachment on his watch, even if they can't find a reason for it, unless it's one big fat reason everyone sees. it's the number on his back, 44. how do way get into the books that this guy really wasn't president? if we can't convince people he came from africa, can't kill the african-american vote that elected him, can't kill his historic accomplishment in health care, let's bring him up on charges. let's string him up, boys, so nobody will ever say he was president, much less a pretty good presid
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 10:00am PDT
obama canceled his face to face meeting with vladimir putin next month. is the end of the big chill? >> we are old hockey players and we both know that diplomacy like hockey can sometimes result in the occasional collision. >> there will be a press conference tomorrow. ask that question tomorrow. >> the president is expected to make some news today. congressional sources say at his news conference reforming and limiting those controversial surveillance programs. >>> and weiner roast. weiner gets burned door knocking in harlem last night. ♪ >>> and somehow he decided it was a good idea to vent to a reporter from london. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington where in just two hours president obama will hold his first full press conference since april. he's expected to respond to the outcry over those surveillance programs according to congressional briefings on those reforms. will that satisfy critics? we have a super panel. chuck todd, chief white house correspondent and host of "the daily rundown" and contributor and host of in play, and a washington diplomatic correspon
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 12:00pm PDT
time to stop obama care. >> stop talking about impeachment. let's have a legitimate debate. let's fight his policies. let's try to appeal obama care. >> gop leaders are split on the push for impeachment as the opposition to defund obama care continues in earnest. >>> and later -- >> if a church is off limits, if the sanctuary of god is not off limits, if people are so malice and mean-spirited, what has become of our nation. >> retracing the steps of the civil rights movement, and confronting some of the ghosts which still haunt the city of birmingham today. we'll get to those stories in just a moment. >>> we start, though, with that developing news in syria at this hour. new information from washington, and the international community. allegations about the chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. i'm joined by nbc's ayman mohieldin. and kirsten at the white house. >> reporter: they've reached an agreement allowing u.n. inspectors to visit the site of an alleged weapons attack that happened a few days ago. keep in mind that the u.n. undersecretary-general for disarmament arriv
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 11:00pm PDT
leading civil rights figure in the obama administration announcing a major overhaul to ease government drug sentencing guidelines. holder was clear this isn't just about perform reforming an outdated, inefficient and expensive war on drugs, he said. this is about reforming a judicial system of inequality system that will abuses blacks and minorities. this is holder speaking how they're disproportionately involved in that system. >> we also must confront the reality that once they're in that system, people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers. in recent years, black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20% longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. this isn't just unacceptable. it is shameful. >> now, the second case in new york city where a federal judge demolished the city's tactics surrounding a controversial stop and frisk law, the law has become a flash point for racial tensions nationwide not unlike stand your ground in the trayvon martin case. in her ruling, the judge said that tens of thousand of new yorkers had their right
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2013 10:00pm PDT
of senate republicans who want to defund obama care. >> that is what everybody wants. >> the rhetoric has already started. >> nobody disagrees with the goal, just the tactics. >> their colleagues can't seem to find unity. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> the press loves to say there is a division. >> they're shouting about this. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> and that is the situation right now. >> i worry for my kids and i worry for your kids. >> michael bloomberg, not a happy man. >> when did he last speak to hillary clinton? >> a new poll for anthony weiner. >> i have a lot to prove to them as well. >> the law belongs to the people. >> hillary clinton now on the record about the defensive voting rights. >> the epidemic of election fraud. >> there is so much breaking news. >> kind of hard to process it all. >>> we have breaking news from new jersey tonight in the special primary election for new jersey senate, to replace the seat left open after the death of democratic senator frank lautenberg. the new york mayor cory booker has won the democratic prim
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 2:00pm PDT
but these are ideas that should have bipartisan support. of course, so should obama care. it's actually a really good idea. it's going to work. yeah. used to be a republican idea. there was a governor in massachusetts set it up. it's working really well. but some of the reforms we're proposing we can make on our own. we're going to work with colleges to keep costs down. we're going to work with states to make higher education a bigger priority in the budget. and by the way, students, we're going to also ask a little more from you, too, when it comes to you receiving financial aid. because you're going to have responsibilities, as well. and these reforms won't be popular with all the institutions out there because some of them are doing okay with the status quo. even if their students aren't graduating, they're still getting the money. but i'm not concerned with the institutions. i'm concerned with the students. i want the students to get a good deal. the institutions are there to serve the students. and educate the young people. so my plan comes down to three main goals. number
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Aug 5, 2013 5:00pm PDT
citizens to burn their obama care draft cards. of course, there is no such thing as an obama care draft card. you've got to print your own out and pretend and burn that. what if i told you the science behind it might change the world and help save the planet at the same time? a full discussion of the future of food is coming up. but we begin tonight with breaking news in the middle east north africa and southeast asia where 19 u.s. embassies and consulates are closed tonight due to continued fears of an imminent terror attack. >> we face an ongoing threat from al qaeda and its affiliates. there are individuals and organizations out there that are focused on doing the united states and the american people harm as well as doing harm to our people. >> the embassy and consulate closings span across 21 countries where initially announced on friday along with a worldwide travel alert to u.s. citizens abroad. today, jay carney did his best to hold specifics, but he did confirm the threat is coming from the al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. and the u.s. took the extraordinary step to clo
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Aug 26, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. syria and chemical weapons and what president obama is planning to do about it. >> the obama administration says there is very little doubt -- >> we believe there is very little doubt about culpability. >> the syrian government used chemical weapons. >> did a chemical weapons attack occur? >> what is before us today is real. >> the answer to that question is yes. >> president obama is weighing military options against syria. >> i have no affection for mr. assad. >> there is no solution as we have long made clear that includes assad. >> but at the same time i am less sure of the resistance. >> in that sense there's a big worry. >> should they let this chemical attack go unanswered? >> i do think action is going to occur. >> this morning a team of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors arrived in damascus. >> shots were fired at the u.n. team inside syria. >> their vehicle was deliberately shot at by unidentified snipers. >> the u.n. investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons. >> the question remains what might the intervention look like? >> it's very, very comp
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Aug 11, 2013 9:00am PDT
martha vineyards where president obama is vacationing. what are lawmakers saying to you about this latest threat? >> reporter: alex, good day to you. lawmakers seem to be on the same page. closing the 19 embassies was the right move because it pointed to the fact that al qaeda was planning either one large explosion or a series of explosions. here's a little bit more on that from congressman peter king. take a listen. >> the intelligence that i saw here was at least as powerful as anything i've seen since 9/11, probably the closest would be the liquid explosive plot out of london in 2006. but this was very credible. it was corroborated and spoke of a massive attack and to me was the right thing to do. >> now, alex, some republicans did use the closure of those 19 embassies to attack president obama's foreign policy center. john mccain making a point that the peninsula has gotten much stronger in recent years and also argue that it's an indication that president obama hasn't been strong enough in terms of combatting that growing presence and threat from al qaeda. of course, the pres
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Aug 15, 2013 11:00pm PDT
that the calling card of the democrats in the barack obama era is a polarizing politics that seeks to fire up minority voters by stirring fears of fire hoses and police dogs. its basic vocabulary is imputations of racism. its evidentiary standard is low and dishonest. and its ethic is whatever works so long as it stirs fear, anger, and resentment. get ready for hope and change 2.0. gene robinson, respond to both of those. >> well, number one, the only people i hear talking about fire hoses and police dogs are republicans. what i hear democrats saying is these are measures that are going to reduce african-american participation in elections. they're not talking about fire hoses. they're not talking about police dogs. that's sort of a red herring that keeps getting brought up on the other side to discredit what i consider legitimate arguments against these laws. second, i think in terms of hillary clinton we should acknowledge two possibilities. number one, she is laying the groundwork for a run for president in 2016. number two that this is something that she believes deeply and cares
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Aug 11, 2013 11:00am PDT
] fiber one. >>> >>> our key issues and people this week. spying showdown. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bezos. what does it sa
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Aug 19, 2013 8:00pm PDT
that any person put forward by president obama ever has. it will be vocal and outspoken because he has chosen to be vocal and outspoken about racial profiling. i'm not sure that, frankly, he really believes in this. at the very least, he was against racial profiling before he was for if. he thought stop and frisk was dubious before he became its biggest champion. and -- >> well, he's definitely -- there's been a trajectory. there's been some movement. i'm willing to grant. ben jealous from the naacp. thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> thank you, chris. >>> joining me now, ryan grim, washington bureau chief for the "huffington post." ryan, you have ray kelly, head of new york city's police department, which is a big job, on sunday shows talking about stop and frisk as a central issue, and i'm just curious, what was your read of the political subtext of those appearances? >> you know, he's in a difficult position here because, you know, he's been floated now for a long time as a likely pick here. i know obama tends to leave people out there for a long time. it happened to susan r
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Aug 20, 2013 11:00pm PDT
the country hostage, we can't hold the budget hostage on defunding obama care. it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is an even worse idea. as the national review reported, house leadership is engaged in political wink wink kabuki theater where they have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink. i think over the bush tax cuts and plan b, we saw john boehner completely fail there his grasp on the most rowdy members of his caucus seems to be loosening. you would think based on reason alone something would bring them back from the precipice but i think the country, political watchers, you and i get less and less convinced by the day that is evaporating. tea party hero rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said. we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. when the gove
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Aug 23, 2013 11:00am PDT
nation is also following president obama, who just wrapped up a town hall meeting at binghamton university in new york. now he heads to scranton, pennsylvania, the final stop of his two-day bus tour centered on his new proposals for cutting college costs. the president also remains focused on other issues, including the crisis in syria. here's what he told cnn in his first comments since an alleged chemical attack on wednesday. >> what we've seen indicates this is clearly a big event of grave concern. that starts getting to some core national interests that the united states has, both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> in egypt today supporters of ousted president mohamed morsi took to the streets in defiance of orders by egyptian authorities to end their protest. meantime, in his interview with cnn, president obama also addressed the possib
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Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
part of obama care only subsidized it. didn't change it. just subsidized it. >> ari melber, the closer, gets tonight's last word. >>> cruising for a bruisen? let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight, invasion of the body snatchers. the soul of a major american political party is suddenly up for grabs. party of lincoln and the emancipation proclamation of theodore roosevelt and the american conservation movement. the party of ronald ration who signed the deal with -- that eliminates nuclear weapons could be going ballistic. ted cruz talks in brinksmanship terms about shutting down the american government. he speaks in cold war terms of not blinking when it happens. letting the government drop before him as he gazes on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this country's enemies. iran and north korea. will the republicans fight back? will they refuse to let their party's soul be grabbed by this new hard right that harkens back to the
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Aug 31, 2013 5:00am PDT
believe that they can do as they will. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he
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Aug 15, 2013 11:00am PDT
morsi supporters and thousands more were injured. >>> several hours ago president obama made his first public comments on that violence. >> the united states strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by egypt's interim government and security forces. we deplore violence against civilians. while we want to sustain relationships with egypt, our cooperation cannot be continued when violence continues. this morning we notified the egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise that was scheduled for next month. going forward, i've asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions that have been taken by the interim government and further steps that we might take as necessary with respect to the u.s./egyptian relationship. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us from cairo. how volatile is the current situation right now? >> reporter: well, for the second straight night the curfew has gone into effect and you can probably see the streets behind me, a lot quieter than they usually are on a thursday night. it is the beginning of the wee
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Aug 25, 2013 9:00am PDT
secretary chuck hagel said they are ready to act if the order is given. >> president obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. and again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> we have two reports on these new developments. nbc news's kristen welker and amaa reporter also. >>> what's the latest and what are the options being considered. >> reporter: the white house, you're absolutely right, saying there's little doubt that chemical weapons were being used by the assad regime. they're reacting to the fact that the syrian government will let u.n. inspectors into the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack. the white house expressing concern that it could be too little too late. they say that area has been shelled for five straight days. here's a statement from the administration, an administration official, that we just got this morning. this avenue says, quote, at this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to gran access would be considered to late to be credible inc
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Aug 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
generations. >> that was president obama speaking thursday from martha's vineyard about the violence in egypt. the message seems clear. we can't expect democratic reform overpass in egypt. we have to ask when the military wipes out the results of what many may have been imperfect but democratic in nature election how are we to think the country is starting down the path. i want to bring back in mona on that very question. we saw mubarak, 40-year dictator step down in february 2011. we are now really only two years on. can we really have expected egypt to stand up a u.s. style democracy in such a short time? are these the growing pains of democracy or is egypt really fundamentally off the rails. >> you know, what i think is happening we're appreciated for the unpredictability we have. for too long egypt was considered predictable. for too long five u.s. administrations support add dictator at the expense of the people for the sake of stability. so it's that kind of predictability i'm gladys gone. again, i condemn all the blood letting but we have to get this out of our system. this is
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